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How Can We Better Protect LGBTQ Students: Psychologists Take Action

Over the last year, we have witnessed regular news media headlines coming out of Washington, D.C. with a state of shock, horror, and anger. Specifically, we have been alarmed by the rollback of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth and students.

“All Politics is Local”: 5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Better Advocate

Interest in our political process has dramatically increased across the U.S. since the last election. People want accountability from their elected representatives and are ready to engage on complex issues such as health care coverage, immigration, and tax reform. The demand for grassroots advocacy training has grown along with this increased engagement. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Can a Bystander Make a Difference in Sexual Assault Prevention?

By Amy Zavadil , PhD (Associate Dean for Equity and Title IX Coordinator at Barnard College) Federal law now requires colleges and universities to provide bystander skills training to all new students and employees.  Teaching bystander skills to all students and employees in college or university settings is necessary, but not sufficient to shift culture.  The current… Read More ›

Tipping Point or State of Emergency? Real Talk About Transgender Women of Color

By Sand C. Chang, PhD (Gender Specialist, Multi-Specialty Transitions Department, Kaiser Permanente) and Kimber Shelton, PhD (KLS Counseling & Consulting Services, Dallas, TX) In June 2014, TIME magazine featured Laverne Cox on the cover, the title reading “The Transgender Tipping Point.” The message to the world was, “We’ve arrived.” While the scales have tipped for… Read More ›

The time is now for mental health reform, Every Day, In All-Gender Restrooms: the Signs Reflect the Times and more- In Case You Missed It– November 9th, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the time is now for mental health reform, in all-gender restrooms: the signs reflect the times and more. The time is now for mental health reform- The Washington… Read More ›

Is the Minimum Wage a Psychological Matter? (Spoiler Alert: Yes)

By Gabriel Twose (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) Do you think that the field of psychology has anything to say about the minimum wage?  In a recent article in American Psychologist, Laura Smith of Columbia University argues that psychology has much to contribute.  Psychological research contributes to our understanding… Read More ›

When Girls Compulsively Text,Their Grades Suffer, Children Treated for Mental Health by Pediatricians, Kroger Tips Scales on Trans Health Care and more- In Case You Missed It– October 19, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the impact of when girls compulsively text, children treated for mental health by pediatricians, Kroger tipping scales on trans health care and more.  APA Exclusive – When Girls… Read More ›

What Can We Do to Improve Bisexuals’ Mental Health?

By Tania Israel, PhD (Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara) I had never been in a room with so many known bisexuals. Approximately 100 bisexual advocates, researchers, and community members from all over the U.S. were gathered in the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the first ever White… Read More ›

Sexual Assault Prevention Advocacy at George Washington University: The Future is Now

This article is cross-posted from the May 2015 issue of the APA newsletter “In the Public Interest”. By Victoria Kontor (Class of 2015, George Washington University) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the act of sexual assault as encompassing a broad spectrum of behaviors, such as physical force, verbal abuse, drug-facilitated assault, and any… Read More ›

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is May 17th!

This is a cross-post from our fellow APA blog – GradPsychBlog, the official blog of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). By Mary T. Guerrant, MS (Doctoral Student at North Carolina State University) On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, and since 2005 the International Day… Read More ›

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